The following are highly recommended when visiting our friends up north in Halifax / Montreal / Peggy’s Cove / Quebec City / Toronto and are listed further down by their respective cities :
― Angela Pizzeria and Restaurant
― The Barrington Steakhouse & Oyster Bar
― Boulangerie Première Moisson
― Cafe Crepe
― Canvas Resto Lounge
― The Five Fishermen
― Halifax Distilling Company
― Hotches Chocolat Chaud & Cafe
― À la Folie
― Le Chat Noir
― Maritime Pasty Co. Lobster Rolls
― Orange Alert
― Rick’s Cafe
“There are no limits to the majestic future which lies before the mighty expanse of Canada with its virile, aspiring, cultured, and generous-hearted people.” ― Sir Winston Churchill
Visit The Barrington Steakhouse & Oyster Bar at 1662 Barrington Street for its gorgeous interior; the bartender’s and sommelier’s extensive knowledge; the impressive list of spirits and wines; and their excellent small plates, particularly :
― Beef, Bacon & Bleu
― Crab Hushpuppies
― Steak Bread
Cambridge Suite’s Canvas Resto Lounge serves fantastic cocktails. Ensure you place an order, or a couple, of their basket of fries with spicy aioli mayo on the side.
The Five Fishermen at 1740 Argyle Street was one of the best dining experiences we have ever had. In a series of trips across the North Atlantic and northern Europe, the restaurant effortlessly joined a list of spectacular places we have patronized. Highly recommended are :
― Oysters Rockefeller
― Fall Tomato & Squash Soup
― The Five Fish
― Seared Scallops
For excellent food, live music, local rums, tastings, and their own rum cream, Halifax Distilling Company at 1668 Lower Water Street cannot be beat. Their rum cakes make excellent gifts for the holidays and special occasions, too.
Located at 1662 Boulevard de Maisonneuve, Angela Pizzeria and Restaurant is a charming neighborhood restaurant with very good pasta dishes and pizzas, made fresh and with exceptional ingredients.
Boulangerie Première Moisson for baked goods, gourmet specialties, pastries, and take-away cannot be beat.
Le Meridien’s restaurant, Branzino, invites relaxing and chatting with friends, all while enjoying the excellent food, drink and service the staff provides.
Visit À la Folie Pâtisseries audacieuses for the immersive experience in the art and seduction of desserts, particularly cream puffs and macarons.
Le Chat Noir in Vieux-Montréal features well-made omelets, pizzas, sandwiches, soups and specials.
SteakHouse is frequented almost exclusively by locals…always a good sign. The restaurant does not serve alcohol, allowing you to bring your wine. It does not charge a corkage fee, however. Fantastic.
While visiting Nova Scotia’s Peggy’s Cove, a must-see, stop for lunch at Maritime Pasty Co. Lobster Rolls. Get there just prior to the midday rush as once the lobster runs out, delivered daily, the small establishment calls it a day and closes.
While in Quebec City, stop by Hotches Chocolat Chaud & Cafe for the world’s greatest cup of hot chocolate.
When the air is chilly, warm up and grab a bite to eat at Cafe Crepe at 246 Queen Street. Highly recommended is their Some Like it Hot, filled with feta, spinach, sweet onion aioli, tabasco, and tomato. It packed a necessary punch.
When you finished touring the Art Gallery of Ontario, stop by Orange Alert, located on Dundas Street across from the museum. Characterized by an eclectic decor and laid back style, it features very good coffee beverages, take-away and pastries.
No visit to the energetic city that is Toronto would be complete without stopping by Rick’s Cafe for an afternoon coffee and pastry. The establishment is a local favorite, known for their espresso drinks and made-to-order smoothies.